A suspenseful literary debut for fans of Dennis Lehane and Tom Franklin examining the aftershocks of survival—and the price of salvation.
In the blue-collar town of Chittenango, New York, birthplace of L. Frank Baum, two young boys are abducted from the annual Oz Fest and taken to a cabin in the woods. When they are next seen, ten-year-old Dean has escaped by swimming across Oneida Lake holding his brother’s dead body. But when he returns, he and the world he knew have both changed irrevocably. In the years that follow, Dean, his family, and the town struggle to cope with the collateral damage of this unspeakable act of violence. From drug addiction to abandonment, it becomes clear that the reverberations of trauma are far-reaching—and the path to redemption is pockmarked, twisted, and often hidden from view.
In a sweeping narrative spanning decades and told from alternating points of view, Where the Sun Shines Out unites its characters around the themes of families, trauma, and the terrible things people do to each other when they’re doing their best.
Arcade Publishers, forthcoming October 2017
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The secret is in the bone. Yet Kevin Catalano’s debut collection, The Word Made Flesh, palpates a primal recognition that the revelation is also in its sinews: the short short stories that possess a universe of knowing, yet also exquisite frailty, working in rhythmic concert to elevate the flawed human form. A system of symbolism, a machine of metaphor, The Word Made Flesh is the bodily incarnation of transformative language. -- Erin McKnight, editor of Queens Ferry Press and firthFORTH Books
Queens Ferry Press, 2012
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